ORC this or something similar was published by the same mag in Dec 06 or Jan 07 with another 'Headline' I believe it was also debated on Arrse... somewhere. I cannot find the link at the moment...its not my fault, somebody left the brandy out.OldRedCap said:
I must say I'm shocked I had imagined a bit of photocopying.LankyPullThrough said:Working for Aegis given the mention they get in the Acknowledgements section of his book:'I am grateful for the friendship of Lieutenant Colonel Tim Spicer OBE, Ronnie Patterson and all the staff at Aegis Defence Systems who gave me things to do when I was bored with writing...'
Things to do indeed...
To your examples I suppose you could add the armies of the East India Company before 1857: if not the private military companies of today then the military of a private company effectively subcontracted to work in defence of/pursuit of a national interest.rabid_hamster said:Mercenaries didn't always use to be a dirty word (like crevice). Medieval times had many mercs (like genoese crossbowmen) working fairly effectively for the french and italians. German Landsnecks and swiss pikmen were the renaissance mercs of note.
While it wasn't an honourable job, certainly nothing to be ashamed of ... and occasionally extremely well paid.
Tim Collins is a smart guy and knows his history ... Wither Aegis or any other merc company is up to providing a decent peacekeeping force is another matter entirely!
What came first, the chicken or the egg?Cuddles said:Mercenary..second oldest job in the world!!
What motive is that then?TheHelpfulStacker said:Hasn't Tim Collins got a bit of an ulterior motive over this, allegedly.
Hmm. I think a couple of training manulas were re-written after some input from 'freelancers' back then. Rumour is that men with suitcases full of money are trying to buy back 'old stock' of said items to prevent their use at the moment.bob_lawlaw said:Afgahnistan back in the 80's was also an open ground for anyone wanting to make a buck, acquisition of Soviet kit to sell to intelligence agencies being the main activity.
Or even test firing surface to air Brit/American stuff against the Soviet 'H' series helios.